Job Search Tips for International (Non-EU) Students in Europe – Germany, France, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Estonia, Scandinavia

Europe is a great study abroad destination. Europe is the home to many prestigious universities like Cambridge, Oxford, ETH Zurich, TU Munich which are ranked among the top 250 universities list in the world. Additionally, the diversity of courses and comparatively lower tuition fees are great incentives for studying abroad in Europe. However, students, parents likewise, are apprehensive about studying in Europe. primarily due to the lack of knowledge about the job market scenario in Europe. In this post, we look at how to find jobs in Europe as an international (Non-EU) student.

Please Note: This article is mainly meant for the students (or working professionals) looking at to study Masters degrees in Europe

How to Find Jobs in Europe as an International (Non-EU) Student

Co-authored by Milind Singh

A recent report, by higher education data experts QS, holds that a student’s biggest consideration when choosing a college is the possibility of landing a good job after graduation.

The strength of the work stream for degree-holders is an imperative consideration. Why? The increasing count of students opting to study abroad, and those who intend to work in the same country after their graduation. After all, a big majority of international students want to recover their expenses (tuition fees and other costs). Besides, a considerable amount of work experience gained in a foreign country also increases the chance of getting a well-paid job back in the home country. Hence, most of the international students look for countries with best post-study work schemes.

Hunting down a job in a foreign country takes more than just earning a degree or making a killer CV. Europe is indeed a tricky one when it comes to finding a job as an international student.

The European job market has got some astonishing obstructions, as national complexities between the countries of Europe show themselves in different languages just as indifferent enlistment practices. In this post, we will look at the top countries in Europe where international students have got a better chance to land up with a job. Additionally, we will also discuss a few job search tips for individual countries.

Top European Countries for Post-Study Jobs and Job Search Tips

1. Germany

Visa & Work Permit Rules in Germany

Germany is a great destination with exceptional post-study work scheme for international students. For non-EU citizens, your stay in Germany is restricted to 18 months after you graduate from university. You can make use of your local foreign national’s registration office to apply for an 18-month German Residence Permit. Only then will you be in a position to rummage around for an appropriate job – relevant to your skill set.

In the due course of these 18 months, you’re allowed to take up any form of employment. This allows you to sustain yourself and fund your job search endeavor. Once you’ve landed a job that’s pertinent to the course you took up in Germany, you have the right to apply for an EU Blue Card, or the German Residence Permit. These post-study work permits have brilliant rules.

The EU Blue Card also makes international students take up employment in other EU countries.

Job Market Scenario in Germany

Germany has got a healthy job market for deserving young professionals. International students significantly boost their prospects if they’re fluent in German. For the graduates out for English-speaking jobs, you may find that these positions are in high demand.

Related Article: Guest Blog by Nandan Mishra – Life in Germany as an International Student

Unemployment is typically low in this country. Even so, university graduates might have a better shot in western Germany – the unemployment rates in the east are higher.

If you don’t know the German language at all, focus on searching jobs in Munich and Berlin. Frankfurt is also a good alternative.

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2. France

Visa & Work-Permit Rules in France

France is another European country that is gaining good popularity as a study abroad destination. International students with a Master’s degree can apply for and get a temporary residence permit (APS), for a period of 24 months. France introduced a special two-year residence permit for Indian graduates in 2015.

The visa most, for the most part, permitted to graduates is the APS (authorisation Provisoire de séjour), which is valid for a year past the end date of the graduated class’ understudy home permit. The APS empowers the progressing graduated class to work in any circumstance up to 60% of an official week of work.

Graduates who get a job not related to their program of study and with a compensation of at any rate one and a half times the national the most minimal pay (50% more than the national minimum wage) allowed by law would then have the option to request another throughout the day business visa.

Related Article: France as a Study Abroad Destination

Job Market Scenario in France

The graduate job market is saturated and can be tough to break into without fluency in French. However, Paris is becoming a major haven for start-up companies from around the world, which could offer the opportunity to get in on the ground floor and see your career blossom as the company grows.

Job Search Tips for International Students in France

Your CV should be in either exchanged successive solicitation (posting your most recent experience first) or helpful (practices gathered explicitly).

Your CV should be brief, two pages and no more. As often as possible a photo will be associated. Your own nuances consolidate; your name, address and telephone number with an all-inclusive access code, your nationality, your basic status, your age and your place of birth.

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3. UK

Visa & Work-Permit Rules in UK

First thing first – the argument that non-EU students can’t stay and work in the UK is NOT true. The post-study work scheme is still there in the UK. It’s just that the immigration rules are more stringent as of now.

For an international student to stay on after graduation, one normally needs to have an employer who is to sponsor you and pay you an annual salary of over £20, 800. You can find out more about this and other types of working visa in the UK here.

Foreign graduates will be allowed to stay for up to 2 years under the new post-study work visa rules (announced on Sep 10, 2019).

At present, you will have 4 months to find a job after finishing your degree. But, this rule is also there in the US. In the US, you need to find a job within 3 months of finishing your course. Otherwise, your OPT visa will get revoked and you will have to come back.

Job Market Scenario for International Students in UK

The job market is pretty competitive in the UK. But, the scenario is still very good for qualified professionals and deserving students in a few specific sectors like IT & Data Science, Bioinformatics & Biomedical Sciences, Marketing, Renewable Energy Engineering, and Animation & Visual Studies.

At this time, studying Arts & Humanities, or Business Studies in the UK might not be the best idea. You can certainly opt for Business Analytics, Actuarial Science or Quantitative Finance. But, MA History or MSc International Business might be risky.

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Chances are also brighter for the students who are opting for Masters in UK with guaranteed internships and/or industrial placements.

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4. Netherlands

There are several opportunities for expats to work in the Netherlands, with a wide extent of worldwide and overall associations – Dutch internationals alone fuse ING Group, Royal Dutch Shell Group, Unilever, Philips, and Heineken – notwithstanding plenty of enlistment workplaces went for setting outside workers in occupations in the Netherlands.

Foreign students can typically stay for one year in the Netherlands (Holland) to find a job after finishing studies.

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It has a by and large consistent economy bolstered by a great deal of outside endeavor (engaged by advantageous cost conditions), and incorporates a contrasting, achieved masses, for all intents and purposes 23% of whom are remote or ethnic minorities. Regardless of the way that joblessness and versatile contracts climbed during the extended lengths of the Dutch money-related crisis, the Netherlands still has among the most negligible joblessness rates in the EU (3.6% in December 2018, situated fourth), underneath the EU typical (6.6%).

In 2017, regardless, Brussels required the Netherlands to convey continued with blocks to immutable contracts and extending free work in the Netherlands, mostly influenced by low support masters wanting to get better pay. The national bits of knowledge office report some 1.5 million people to grasp freely utilized or autonomous work, oftentimes near to ordinary business or another wellspring of pay. People on temporary contracts similarly have issues discovering whole deal work, especially without capacities; the University of Amsterdam declared in 2017 that solitary two out of five workers on brief contracts find enduring work inside five years.

The most reduced pay allowed by law in the Netherlands is dependent on age and investigated bi-yearly. The least pay allowed by law on 1 January 2019 was set at €1,615.80 consistently for those more settled than 22 years old, and less for under 22’s; see a once-over of the latest.

Related Article: Jobs after Masters for International Students in Netherlands and France

5. Spain

There is no visa unequivocally doled out for the remote graduated class of Spanish universities. At the point when all is said in done, any non-EU local enthused about working in Spain ought to at first have a business. The business applies for a work and residence permit, and once this is yielded then the individual can apply for a work visa. Not in any way like in various other EU countries, a permit and visa are not something fundamentally the same as. The range of a work visa is joined to the length of the hopeful’s movement contract and would consequently have the option to change comprehensively.

Attempt additionally your pay first. It is standard to discuss portion after you have been utilized. If you handle the subject first, you will give off an impression of being impolite.

Job Search Tips

Use your very own connects with: You can use a passing movement, a mid-year work or a section level position as a wandering stone on your way to an enduring action. Your first business outfits you with the right contacts for your second occupation – that is the way wherein it works in Spain!

Send in your CV, a tailored application letter, a continuous photo, deciphered copies of your capacities and copies of your acknowledgment. Your CV should be efficient and no longer than two pages, in any case, there are no demanding standards. Under near and dear nuances, you are required to indicate your visa or ID number.

6. Italy

Guarantee your shoes and your bag matches. This isn’t a joke; Italians feel that point by point care of what you resemble reflects how you work. If you are bleeding edge in a plan, you are bound to cut edge in your work as well.

Visa and Work Permit Rules

Masters (and Ph.D.) students may apply for a temporary stay permit (called permesso di attesa occupazione)* which lasts for a period of 12 months maximum and allows students to legally live in Italy after their graduation while searching for a job.

Job Search Tips

Hypothetical applications are typical. Use a formal style for your letter and consolidate astonishing references with your open application.

Individual contacts are the best course to work.

Related Article: Masters in Italy -Eligibility, Costs, Scholarships, Top Courses, Top Universities, Stay-Back and Jobs

7. Estonia

Estonia is a lucrative destination for international students looking to study in Europe. Right now, Estonia has a munificent incentive for international students of a 5-year residence permit immediately after graduation.

Another incentive – there’s no limit to the number of hours you can work there as you study. You can work as you study there, as long as you don’t disrupt your studies. Be advised that you’ll have to be credited passing grades for a handful of courses and also complete your course study within the nominal time.

8. Scandinavia (Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland)

The Scandinavian countries boast of a very healthy economy. So, plenty of jobs for qualified and deserving candidates.

Fortunately, the Scandinavian region is one of the parts of Europe where almost everyone speaks English, and to know their local language is just an extra, not a mandatory job requirement. So, if and when you decide to go and get a job, don’t worry about your lack of Swedish, Danish, or Icelandic knowledge, because nobody will care, honestly.

However, you need to find a job that’s related to your Master’s program. You can’t get a job as Animator or Chef after studying Renewable Energy or Biotechnology.

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Job Search Tips

  • Use the dedicated websites for jobs in each country, applying as many filters as it’s necessary, seeing how the perfect job may be buried beneath a lot of filler.
  • Ask your friends, mentors, or teachers if they know of any openings that might interest and suit you.
  • Go straight to your university and find the page dedicated to jobs and career opportunities.
  • Pro-Tip: Instead of searching what jobs would suit you, you can always try first searching for companies, and then seeing what internships and positions they have vacant.
  • Pain-letter approach

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The Scandinavian region of Europe is awesome. A lot of universities post the jobs they have within the organization, as assistant positions or secretarial positions, or, even better, internships or part-time jobs within partner-companies.

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Study in France for Indian Students - by Milind Singh

Author Bio: Milind is from Electrical-Electronics background and an MSc International Business (MIB) Graduate from Grenoble Ecole de Management, Business School (France). Currently, he is Country Manager (India) for the French Business School, Ecole de Management Léonard de Vinci.

In the past, Milnd has worked with as Admission Counselor. Additionally, he also worked closely with prominent European Universities like Trinity College Dublin, EDHEC Business School, Cranfield, Frankfurt, HAN, Grenoble, EMLYON, Liverpool, Brunel, IESEG, SKEMA, Audencia, Montpellier, Toulouse Business School, Dublin City University, University College Cork, Maynooth, and Jonkoping University.

Sources: 1, 2, 3. 

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